Boogeyman wrote:Jonathon Cheecho scored 56 goals within a season in this league, 37 the following year. Where is he now? Like I said above, this whole thing wreaks of what went down with Ville Leino a few years back. If Dupuis gets this 4-5 million dollar contract that's being thrown around, he better prepared to be hated the first 4 game stretch he goes with out point production.
You just don't pay a 34 year old career role player anything near 4 million dollars based on a few good seasons. You let someone else do it.
As far as intangibles and all the warm and fuzzy "glue guy" leader stuff with Dupuis... We acquired arguably two of the most well respected captains in the league and this team still pooped itself in spectacular fashion in the post season. All the while turning into a bunch of head cases. Dupuis or no Dupuis doesn't change a thing in that regard.
Furthermore, it's time to move on from this particular group of role players (Dupuis,Cooke,Kennedy,Adams etc.) If you are not going to change the coach or the system, then go out and get players who are hungry and new to the scheme.
I think you are conveniently forgetting that Cheechoo could not skate at all and got even worse. One thing about Dupuis is that he's a skilled and fast skater, something that scrub Cheechoo never was at all.
Why not pull up Robbie Brown if you're going to talk about a guys like Cheechoo who cannot skate and cannot play two-way hockey whatsoever or would ever see a second on a PK? Dupuis is not one of those guys. He brings a lot more to the table.